MIDWAY FROM FLORENCE & ROMA
Within a 1.500-acre very private aristocratic estate and nature reserve – the “Tenuta di Bagnara” – overlooking the historic Upper Tiber Valley in the hamlet of Perugia, nearby Assisi, Le Torri di Bagnara Castles offer a location that is unparalleled in both natural beauty and proximity to Italy’s greatest cultural offerings. It is midway between Rome and Florence, located in Umbria approximately 30 minutes drive to the borders of Tuscany.
The “Byzantine Corridor”
The Upper Tiber Valley region is situated in the northern part of Umbria and goes from Perugia up to the borders of the Marche and Tuscany. Castles, abbeys, parishes, mediaeval villages laden with tradition and historical memories overlook the valley and almost seem to be inviting the tourist to discover, through itineraries full of history and charm, this land and the ancient hospitality it has always offered. Testifying to the importance which the Upper Tiber Valley has had during the pre-Roman era and afterwards, you’ll find remains of the Etruscan and Roman eras, medieval buildings and works of art, beautifully preserved.
During the Bizantine era (6th century) , the whole area between Umbria and Marche, became strategically important because it allowed for communications to take place in this narrow fortified path. It was called the “Byzantine Corridor”, a defensive line which controlled communications between Rome and Ravenna. Today there are still remains of this path found between Perugia and the Upper Tiber Valley. The singularity of this method of defense was characterized by the presence of watch towers and castles who were always constructed in twos, facing each other.
Close by Umbria & Tuscany Medieval gems
From Le Torri di Bagnara it is a short drive to the most renowned Umbrian and Tuscan towns: Assisi and Perugia (20 minutes drive), Todi and Gubbio (30 minutes drive), Spoleto, Orvieto and Cortona (40 minutes drive), and Siena (60 minutes drive) to name only a few. Bigger cities such as Florence and Rome are within 2 hours drive and available for day trips also by catching the train from nearby Perugia.
Umbria-San Francesco international airport, the region’s most common point of entry, is just 20 minutes drive.
The surroundings are completely rural and tranquil but Guests have the convenience of the village, bar, shops, restaurants and sport centers (Horse riding, Tennis course, Five-a-side football), only five minutes away by car. An excellent and challenging Golf course (18 holes), designed by Robert Trent Jones jr., is only a ten-minute drive.
Whether you choose to stay on the hilltop and hike the trails that crisscross the entire farm estate, or sit on the veranda or at the pool and admire the vastness of the Tiber Valley, or drive to a nearby village for sport, shopping, art and history, or make an excursion to one of the greatest cities in the world, it is all possible during a stay at Le Torri di Bagnara.
Le Torri di Bagnara concierge can arrange any kind of transportation, including pickups from any of the nearby train stations (Perugia, Foligno, Chiusi,..), and from all central Italy airports: Umbria international airport (only a 20 min drive), Rome, Florence and Bologna airports (within 2 hours drive) and Pisa airport,…